Jaylyn Gough is from the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico. She holds a master's degree in clinical social work and has been a social worker for over ten years. She is also a guide and a mountain bike race coordinator. She is the founder of Native Women's Wilderness, created to bring Nive women together to share their stories, support each other, and learn from one another as they explore the outdoors. She also sits on the board of Women's Wilderness in Boulder, Colorado, that encourages and supports young girls in exploring the wild as well as putting on classes and excutrions for women. She's and avid climber, hiker, mountain biker and a landscape photographer.